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Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

Jun 24 2018

MANAGUA Lesther Aleman, a lanky and bespectacled 20-year-old student, had never taken part in a protest until April when he became the public face of a revolt that has shaken the rule of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Deadly shoot-out, fire break Nicaragua truce; talks proceed

Jun 16 2018

MANAGUA, Nicaragua Eight people died on Saturday in a shoot-out and fire that shattered a truce struck hours earlier between President Daniel Ortega and protesters, and civic leaders condemned the violence while vowing to continue talks with the government.

Nicaragua gunfire and home blaze breaks Ortega peace truce; 8 dead

Jun 16 2018

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, June 16 A shooting and fire in Nicaragua early on Saturday left eight people dead and shattered a truce struck hours earlier between President Daniel Ortega and protesters after two months of political unrest that has caused at least 170 deaths.

Nicaragua's Ortega agrees to halt violence, allow foreign probe

Jun 16 2018

MANAGUA The Nicaraguan government and civic groups on Friday agreed to halt all violence, in a major step to end two months of political unrest that has left 170 dead and rocked the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua's central bank seeks to bolster liquidity amid political crisis

Jun 15 2018

MANAGUA, June 15 Nicaragua's central bank on Friday said it would lower reserve requirements for banks in an attempt to increase liquidity in the financial system, which has seen a sharp drop in deposits after two months of violent anti-government protests.

Nicaragua president's foes stage nationwide strike

Jun 14 2018

TIPITAPA, Nicaragua Thousands of shopkeepers and businessmen in Nicaragua on Thursday heeded calls for a national strike by foes of President Daniel Ortega, shutting down much of the country after nearly two months of deadly protests urging his ouster.

Brazil economic team eyes smaller cut in 2019 inflation goal -official

Jun 21 2017

BRASILIA, June 21 A majority in Brazilian President Michel Temer's economic team backs a moderate cut in the 2019 inflation target to avoid signaling markets future monetary policy moves, a senior official who will be involved in any decision told Reuters.

Senate setback for Brazil's Temer rattles reform agenda, markets

Jun 20 2017

BRASILIA A Brazilian Senate committee on Tuesday rejected President Michel Temer's labor reform bill, in an unexpected blow to his administration that does not kill the pro-market proposal but shows weakening support for his agenda.

Brazil bans tear gas exports to Venezuela due to violence: sources

Jun 19 2017

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's government has halted exports of tear gas for use in Venezuela due to violent repression of protests there, two sources familiar with the decision said on Monday, a move that added to the diplomatic isolation of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.

Acquittal emboldens Brazil's Temer in austerity drive -officials

Jun 12 2017

BRASILIA, June 12 The acquittal of Brazilian President Michel Temer last week on charges of illegal campaign funding in the 2014 election has emboldened the center-right leader to offer no more concessions to Congress that would weaken his austerity package, a senior member of the economic team and an aide told Reuters.

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